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Forum: DIY Projects 05-18-2008, 09:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,131
Posted By ddroukas
sight glass material

I've added a sight glass to my boil keggle; my concern, however, is if the material I used will melt under high temp. The sight glass I ordered from Northernbrewer back in the day for my HLT...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-11-2008, 03:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 940
Posted By ddroukas
I started getting a progressively worse random...

I started getting a progressively worse random off-flavor in my brews over the past year. My fermentation buckets always held a lingering odor no matter how hard I cleaned or how long I soaked. I...
Forum: General Techniques 04-28-2008, 01:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,315
Posted By ddroukas
here's a thread I started on the same topic a few...

here's a thread I started on the same topic a few months back:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=50224
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-24-2008, 11:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,416
Posted By ddroukas
From your link I see that it won't work well...

From your link I see that it won't work well unless you use a hop bag (muslin or nylon). I was hoping to avoid that. How well does the legit bazooka screen restrain pellet hops? I was hoping to...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-24-2008, 10:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,416
Posted By ddroukas
SS Braid for a hop stopper?

Anyone use a SS braid as a hop stopper in their boil kettle? I was thinking of making a loop around a copper-T connecter with oetiker clamps. Maybe the filter would be too strict and easily clog?
...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-21-2008, 11:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,634
Posted By ddroukas
Sorry, I guess I should have been a little more...

Sorry, I guess I should have been a little more clear. There's no crystalline matter or cracks or bubbles... just heat stress...about 1/2" - 5/8" radiating from the coupling. I guess I should take...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-21-2008, 11:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,634
Posted By ddroukas
Just had my keggles welded ...

Just had 2 keggles welded with 4 connections (1/2" couplings for ball-valves and 1/8" couplings for sight glasses) for a grand total of $45. Only thing is...dude guy didn't clean up the welds so...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-19-2008, 03:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,587
Posted By ddroukas
You could also use Coca-Cola. pH=2.7.

You could also use Coca-Cola. pH=2.7.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-18-2008, 12:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,555
Posted By ddroukas
I've been doing the same thing but in the...

I've been doing the same thing but in the Huntsville, Alabama area and I've been quoted about $80 for 4 stainless-steel welds. I actually thought this sounded a little low and have hesitated on...
Forum: Hops Growing 04-16-2008, 01:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,410
Posted By ddroukas
Actually Alabama is limited by alcohol content...

Actually Alabama is limited by alcohol content (6% and below) as well as volumetrically (nothing above 16 fl oz...convenient since 500 ml=16.95 fl oz). And yes, there is a law restricting...
Forum: Hops Growing 04-15-2008, 01:38 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,225
Posted By ddroukas
Essen Hassenpfeffer meine Hops? It's like a...

Essen Hassenpfeffer meine Hops?
It's like a rabbit farm threwup in my backyard--they're everywhere. Are they notorious hop munchers?
Forum: Hops Growing 04-15-2008, 01:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,410
Posted By ddroukas
I'm a Huntsvillian. Can't offer you...

I'm a Huntsvillian. Can't offer you retrospective advice because this is my first year growing, as well. I planted mine early last week and I'm already seeing buds coming through the soil. ...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-14-2008, 05:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,563
Posted By ddroukas
For those of you who use a water filter...

I've used a Whirlpool WHCF-DWHV whole house water filtration system for my past two brews along with their 2 micron charcoal filter that removes sediment and chlorine. I know some of you use similar...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-14-2008, 12:18 AM
Replies: 413
Views: 153,780
Posted By ddroukas
Here's mine...just finished tonight: ...

Here's mine...just finished tonight:
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h77/danieldroukas/mycfc.jpg
Forum: Hops Growing 04-12-2008, 11:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,411
Posted By ddroukas
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h77/danieldrouka...

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h77/danieldroukas/hopgardenscale.jpg

Here's one for scale. I'm 6'5" standing about 6 feet in front of the pole. The woman is approximately 30 feet tall reaching...
Forum: Hops Growing 04-12-2008, 01:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,411
Posted By ddroukas
The center pole is actually a fresh cedar about 7...

The center pole is actually a fresh cedar about 7 inches in diameter cemented 2 feet into the ground. We've used a lot of cedar for various outdoor projects and it is definately very resistent to...
Forum: Hops Growing 04-10-2008, 10:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,411
Posted By ddroukas
I built a wigwam.

Here's my interpretation of a hop garden. I need insight: did I do good? Will my hops explode? What if I have to go the bathroom ... who will watch my hops to see if they're growing while I'm...
Forum: Hops Growing 04-10-2008, 05:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,483
Posted By ddroukas
could just be microrhizae--beneficial for most...

could just be microrhizae--beneficial for most plants.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-04-2008, 02:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 613
Posted By ddroukas
I don't know how to keg because I'm so stupid.

I just kegged my first batch tonight and I feel like a new woman. My question is this: to achieve 2.7 volumes of CO2 at 50 degrees Fahrenheit I need about 20 PSI. OK. For serving I read ~ 9-10...
Forum: DIY Projects 03-30-2008, 06:35 PM
Replies: 413
Views: 153,780
Posted By ddroukas
Bobby M: I'd assume the change in temperature is...

Bobby M: I'd assume the change in temperature is dependent on the length of tubing in the CFC, with matching the coolant's temperature being the maximum potential. I brought the image of the...
Forum: DIY Projects 03-30-2008, 03:11 PM
Replies: 413
Views: 153,780
Posted By ddroukas
I have gross tons of copper laying around the...

I have gross tons of copper laying around the house from various past projects; I think I'll build a CFC. My question--in true n00b form--is this: when gravity feeding a CFC, does it require merely...
Forum: General Techniques 03-18-2008, 01:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,623
Posted By ddroukas
Culturing a strain from a bottle-conditioned...

Culturing a strain from a bottle-conditioned beer: does it take more than a week to build up a good pitchable culture? I just bought 4 Rogue Chocolate Stouts and was looking to brew a double...
Forum: General Chit Chat 03-13-2008, 01:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,001
Posted By ddroukas
Best Beer around Panama City Beach?

Yeah...you heard me. PCB. We're going for the uber-lame spring break trip, complete with airbrush T-shirts and hussies as far as the eye can see. Only thing is, I can't bring myself to drink...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-10-2008, 03:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 861
Posted By ddroukas
Just for fun: I found the minimum effective dose...

Just for fun: I found the minimum effective dose of aspirin to be 30mg/day (on the web somewhere). If you dissolved one 30mg tablet into a 5 gallon batch of beer, it translates to approximately...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-10-2008, 03:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 861
Posted By ddroukas
The story said the concentrations were on the...

The story said the concentrations were on the order of parts per billion or trillion. Boiling down approximately 15% of the volume of your wort (from 5.75 to 5 gallons in a one hour boil) is utterly...
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